RAF to cover burial costs for Soweto bus crash victims

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pretoria -Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will cover the burial costs of the couple who died after a Putco bus crashed into their house in Braamfischerville, Soweto.

The driver lost control of the bus, hit a vehicle before crashing into the house, in Braamfischer extension two, Dobsonville.

"No amount of words can describe this tragic end to lives. It's truly a moment of sadness for all of us. On behalf of the Department of Transport, I wish to convey our sincere condolences to the family of the departed.

"Our agency, the RAF, has already contacted the family and will come in and ensure that the deceased are given a proper send off. This is in line with the RAF's mandate to ensure swift assistance to victims of road crashes and thus lessen the burden on the part of the bereaved in their hour of need," said Ndebele, adding that Putco would rebuild the damaged part of the house.

Ndebele has called on law enforcement agencies to work swiftly in investigating the circumstances that led to the gruesome crash.

The minister and the management of Putco will visit the family of the deceased on Wednesday to offer his condolences.